Texas drivers are aware of laws that require them to yield to emergency vehicles. However, recent research indicates that despite these laws, many drivers become more distracted in the presence of emergency vehicles. This can put first responders, and others, at risk.
The Travelers Companies has released its 2019 Travelers Risk Index, which gathers some eye-opening data on the factors behind distracted driving. It is the result of a survey involving more than 2,000 consumers and executives. Texas residents should know that texting and sending emails was the most common distraction among drivers. In fact, 44 percent admitted to it. Twenty-three percent said social media use.
Residents of Texas who are involved in a car accident will want to remain as calm as possible. This is the first step in the process of physically documenting and determining the extent of damages and injuries: an essential process that can help the police with their incident report and victims with their insurance claims.
Researchers at the University of Utah have analyzed 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 vehicles, finding that all of them were distracting to drivers at one level or another. This study was made for AAA and should be of interest to anyone in Texas who's interested in the new tech but worried about its implications.
Road rage can arise on the highway, in parking lots and any other place where one driver happens to offend another. The following are a few tips that drivers should consider the next time they become angry on the road. The first tip is, of course, to stay calm. If someone cuts them off, drivers should not honk the horn, flash the high beams or make inflammatory hand gestures.
Car buyers in Texas who are concerned about safety should consider getting a vehicle equipped with an automatic braking system, according to researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit road safety advocacy group recently analyzed police accident reports to determine how effective this technology is in real-world situations, and they discovered that it reduces rear-end impacts by up to 68 percent.
Smartphones tempt drivers in Texas to take their attention away from the road all of the time. Known as distracted driving, the behavior has caused an increase in traffic accidents and prompted a growing number of states to pursue legislation to address the dangerous problem. Researchers who have studied the results of laws that ban holding phones while driving have concluded that a mix of public awareness campaigns and strong laws and penalties can reduce negative behaviors like texting or using social media behind the wheel.
Texas residents may find that driver assistance systems provide a great benefit to them. It's true that car safety features are effective and can prevent about 40 percent of car crashes and about 30 percent of crash-related fatalities, according to federal estimates. However, they can backfire on drivers if they fail to grasp the limitations inherent in technology. This is where a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety comes in.
Fatigue slows down reaction times and hampers decision making, but studies suggest that an alarming number of drivers in Texas and around the country are unconcerned by these risks. Six out of 10 of the motorists polled by the National Sleep Foundation admitted to drowsy driving, and more than a third said that they had fallen asleep while behind the wheel at least once. This disturbs road safety advocates because a driver who has not slept for 24 hours is as impaired as a motorist with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent.
Drivers in Texas whose attitudes toward safety are negative may be more likely to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. In addition, frequent phone users and women are more likely to get distracted by a mobile device while driving. These were among the results of a recent study published by the Society for Risk Analysis.